Warriors lead NBA in ticket revenue

The NBA returned to normalcy in the 2021-2022 season, not imposing capacity caps on games for the first time in years. Attendance was lower compared to the last season before the pandemic, but that didn’t stop the league’s most popular teams from increasing their revenue.

The Golden State Warriors made the most money from ticket sales, generating $4,175 million in sales receipts, according to internal NBA data obtained by the New York Post. The Los Angeles Lakers were second in the league with nearly $3.1 million in tickets. The New York Knicks’ $2.98 million gate was in third place for the regular season.

It was Golden State’s first full season for fans at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors saw their gate receipts rise 19% from the 2018-2019 season.

The Lakers’ gate was up 18.2%, while the Knicks’ gate was up 9.2%, the NY Post reports. Both teams generated more revenue from ticket sales, despite not even making it to the league’s play-in tournament.

Los Angeles extremely fell short, going 33-49 and finishing 11th in the Western Conference. The Lakers entered the season as the favorites to represent the West in the 2022 NBA Finals. With LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook on the roster, the Lakers had the NBA’s fourth-highest payroll.

The Knicks also finished 11th in their conference, going 37-45. New York stepped back after unexpectedly making it to the 2021 playoffs with the East’s fourth-best record.

The Warriors gave their fans enough to cheer about in the regular season as the number three in the West. Golden State went 31-10 at home. The Warriors’ salary, which was high in the league, approached $180 million.

On average, NBA teams earned $1.48 million in gate receipts, up 10.2% from the 2018-2019 season. Average attendance for NBA games was 13,603 fans per game, a 71% drop from 2018-2019.

The Toronto Raptors were the only team to finish in the top 10 at the gate, but they were generating less money than they were three seasons ago. Midway through the season, the Raptors were forced to play home games without fans due to local restrictions amid mounting coronavirus cases.

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